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Saturday, July 10, 1999

Definitions for avarice

  1. An excessive desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

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Citations for avarice
To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hoard it up, is avarice. Beattie.,
In the words of Augustine, a propertyless society was possible only in Paradise, because it demanded perfection-the kind of perfection that since the Fall was beyond the reach of most of humanity. Furthermore, possessions were ethically neutral and became evil only if they gave rise to avarice. Richard Pipes, Property and Freedom
Origin of avarice
1250-1300
Ultimately from Latin avarus, greedy.
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